The Archdiocese of Philadelphia invites everyone to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary on Sunday, May 1 with a Liturgy of the Word in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul followed by an outdoor May procession, rosary and crowning of a statue of the Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Mercy.

The celebration for the second annual procession, held during the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy, begins at 2 p.m. in the cathedral, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

(See scenes from last year’s May procession here.)

The individual chosen as the May Queen will be selected from brief, 50-word essays on the theme of the procession, “Who is the Mary in Your Life?” They should be emailed to by Friday, April 8, 2016.

More information on the May procession is available at